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Narrenschiff at Hellraiser Open Air Metal Festival
|Birth name||Bjørn Holter|
|Genres||Melodic black metal
Symphonic black metal
|Years active||Illnath 1997-2011|
Bjørn Holter better known for his stage name Narrenschiff is a Norwegian singer-songwriter of the band Illnath. He also has some other side-projects like Philomel's Epitaph, 54, Seregon, Fragment, and Fluesopp. Narrenschiff is greatly influenced by the Italian symphonic rock band Devil Doll.
Bjørn Holter attained a bachelor's degree in illustration at the University College Falmouth in the United Kingdom. He also did two years of traditional art but got no official degree for the time being there at Einar Granum School of Fine Arts. Bjørn Holter states he likes cartoons, comics, horror movies, Tom Waits, late nights with wine, and sitting in cafées. He did athletics for four years, which included football, basketball and beach volleyball. He also did judo, then shootfighting, but retired after a serious injury in the Norwegian Championship and a recommendation of taking a break from martial arts from his doctor. He started working at Romerike Tattoo Studio in Norway in 2007, and has been working there as a tattoo artist since then.
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"Narrenschiff" has been his stage name with the band Illnath but he has not been in the band for its entire existence. Narrenschiff contributed to the albums Cast Into Fields of Evil Pleasure and Second Skin of Harlequin as well has doing many live performances worldwide. Illnath is now developing a third full length album titled Three Nights in the Sewers of Sodom.
On January 21 2011 it was announced that "Narrenschiff" had left Illnath and was replaced with Mona Beck when, in fact, he was fired for no reason. The dispute continues and he has no contact with the band today.